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External Legal Services

The All-of-Government (AoG) External Legal Services (ELS) contract offers highly-competitive rates from a panel of 40 providers (plus Crown Law) committed to delivering quality legal services. Since it was established in December 2011, the contract has delivered an average saving of 18% per agency and has achieved a high level of customer and provider satisfaction.

The AoG External Legal Services contract is run by Government Procurement’s Legal Centre of Expertise (CoE) (email els@mbie.govt.nz).

 

Scope

All External Legal Services, excluding:

  • Barristers Sole and Queen’s Counsel
  • Core Crown legal matters
  • Patent Attorneys
  • Overseas firms

 

Features and benefits

On a day-to-day basis using the contract will feel a lot like business-as-usual for agencies. You’ll still:

  • have access to a comprehensive range of top New Zealand providers, the panel includes a range of small, medium and large legal providers across seven key areas of law;
  • have complete freedom to choose the individual providers you want to use;
  • deal directly with providers by instructing legal panel services.

Benefits and features of the contract include:

  • you’re spared the time and cost of running your own procurement process;
  • we manage all panel contracts with providers;
  • competitive rates and hourly rate comparisons;
  • access to consolidated reporting on your agency’s external legal services spend;
  • access to many free value-added services from your chosen provider;
  • client satisfaction taken into account when selecting the panel;
  • freedom to procure legal services in any area of law from any panel provider;
  • flexibility to use a non-panel provider if the panel’s offering does not meet your needs;
  • provision of key information about each provider;
  • all panel providers meet the minimum requirements of the New Zealand Law Society code of conduct; and
  • Crown Law remains a provider of legal services and sits alongside the panel.

 

The providers

The 40 panel providers are promoted in certain areas of law below but can provide legal advice in any area of law:

Banking and Finance
Bell Gully
Chapman Tripp
DLA Phillips Fox
Franks & Ogilvie
Greenwood Roche Chisnall
Mayne Wetherell
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Russell McVeagh
 

 

 

 

Corporate and Commercial
A J Park
Baldwins Intellectual Property
Bell Gully
Best + Hancock (a consortium of sole practitioners)
Chapman Tripp
DLA Phillips Fox
Duncan Cotterill Lawyers
Elwood Law
Franks & Ogilvie
Genevieve Gill, Barrister & Solicitor
Greenwood Roche Chisnall
Meredith Connell
Russell McVeagh
Webb Henderson

Employment
Anderson Lloyd
Bell Gully
Buddle Findlay
Chen Palmer
Cullen Employment Law
Dundas Street
Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law
Kensington Swan
Kiely Thompson Caisley
Lane Neave Lawyers
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Simpson Grierson
 

Environmental and Resource Management
Bell Gully
Chapman Tripp
DLA Phillips Fox
Ellis Gould
Greenwood Roche Chisnall
Macalister Todd Phillips
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Power Law
Preston Russell Law
Russell McVeagh
Simpson Grierson
Webb Henderson

Litigation
Bell Gully
ChanceryGreen
DLA Phillips Fox
Kensington Swan
Luke Cunningham & Clere
Meredith Connell
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Russell McVeagh

Property
Buddle Findlay
Chapman Tripp
DLA Phillips Fox
Duncan Cotterill Lawyers
Greenwood Roche Chisnall
Meredith Connell
Morrison Kent
Mortlock McCormack Law
Webb Henderson

Public
Bell Gully
Best + Hancock (a consortium of sole practitioners)
Buddle Findlay
Claro
Fiona Wakefield
Greenwood Roche Chisnall
Jonathan Kaye Law
Luke Cunningham & Clere
Meredith Connell
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Robert Buchanan Public Law
Russell McVeagh
Vicki J. Owen, Barrister and Solicitor
Wilson Harle

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Agency participation

Since it was established, 108 agencies have signed up to the AoG ELS contract. This includes a cross section of government departments, State Owned Enterprises, universities and local councils.

Participating agencies have spent over $33 million through the panel since the contract was established in late 2011. They have saved an estimated $4.8m overall – that’s an estimated average saving of 18% per agency.

 

The Buyers' Guide

This guide provides agencies with an overview of:

  • Key benefits of buying off this contract;
  • How agencies will transition to the contract;
  • What you can buy off the contract, and how; and
  • Roles and responsibilities: buyers, providers and the Centre of Expertise.

Download a copy of the External Legal Services Buyers' Guide [642 KB PDF]

 

The Legal Services Order

The Legal Services Order is used by agencies to brief legal work out to providers. More information concerning the Legal Services Order can be found in the buyers’ guide. 

 

Contact us

For more information please contact the AoG Centre of Expertise for Legal Services: ELS@mbie.govt.nz 

Last updated 22 May 2014